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Learn The Words

First Years arrive on August 28. Does that mean that their JAs are already on campus? Back in the day, JAs did orientation at the end of the prior school year and arrived just a bit before the freshmen. Several years ago (when?) this was changed to having JA orientation just before first year arrival. Either way, now is time for my annual suggestion: Teach all the first years the words to The Mountains. I just e-mailed the JA Co-presidents, asking them to pass it on to their fellow JAs. Do we have any JA readers who can let us know if they did?

Here is the letter from 2004. This year’s was much the same, with date changes and slight editing. Previous efforts here and here.

Will this work? Well, if the previous 15 years are any guide, No! But windmills need tilting at.

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#1 Comment By frank uible On August 25, 2007 @ 8:57 am

I think I’ll write letters advising the JAs to instruct their charges to be sure to wear sweaters when it’s chilly. I know that as a freshman I would have responded positively to that type of instruction.

#2 Comment By a ’75er On August 25, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

We learned The Mountains in the fall of 1971. And at some point, we learned the words to Yard by Yard as well, although the Moocow Marching Band version amuses me (it goes something like “Yard by yard by yard by yard by yard…” as though it were all chorus, even in the melody).

I hope the ’11s will learn those songs, too. And maybe one of them will ultimately author a new Williams song for the new century.

Beat Amherst.

#3 Comment By Anon ’89er On August 25, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

Anyone at Williams needing a windmill at which to tilt need go no farther than Hancock, where Jiminy just put up a bloody big turbine!

The thing just towers over route 43 as you drive north to Williamstown. Since I could not embed the link, here it is:


Future songs may memorialize ‘echoes resounding the turbine’d heights along…’

#4 Comment By Ken Thomas ’93 On August 25, 2007 @ 8:20 pm

For reference; covered in the WSJ.

http://forum.belmont.edu/cornwall/#007542, “government grants not always worth it. ”